The college’s newly-formed Kashmir Society performed during Georgian Hills Elementary School’s Black History Month Program, held Feb. 27.
The group of college freshman, donned in African attire, discussed black history in colleges, performed rhythmic vocal and stage movements, then led the elementary students with the college’s chant, “I Love My L-O-C.” They shouted the names of well-known HBCUs to conclude their performance.
Freshman Keenan Stuckey led the performance.
“It was nerve racking at first; I was very nervous, but I quickly got over it,” Stuckey said. “There was not a real reason to get embarrassed or feel too reluctant about the duties that were charged to me.”
The theme for the program at Georgian Hills was “Because of ____ I can.” Students filled in the blank with names, such as Maya Angelou, Betsy Coleman, Bill Cosby and others that they admired.
The K-5 students beat drums, danced, and sang Negro spirituals and civil rights songs.
The program concluded with an Old vs New School music battle.
Children and faculty of the school performed Fresh Prince vs Drake, Dreamgirls vs TLC, The Isley Brothers vs New Edition, The Jacksons vs Mindless Behavior, and the headline battle of Michael Jackson vs Chris Brown.
There were no winners; however, the challenge brought vigorous laughter and applause by members of the Kashmir Society.
Kashmir Society advisor, English professor Ruby Minter, said she was proud of Kashmir Society’s performance.
“Their performance was good; it was at the appropriate level of the students and their understanding…to present their knowledge of famous people, places, and things,” Minter said. “This is their very first official performance and they did well, and I was pleased with it. They only had a short amount of time to do it. I think I have their complete cooperation as freshmen college students to make them shining stars of the college,” she said.
The Kashmir Society, which consists of freshman leaders, is an association between the Freshman Seminar and the Fine Arts and Humanities division.